Spotify - anyone heard of it?

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"80s funk house disco" radio suggests Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers!

ailsa, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 23:31 (7 years ago) Permalink

> Four MB albums, Deano

thanks. we don't have any, amazon.co.uk mp3 store has scratch n stitch and a couple of tracks from compilations, emusic had a lot... all these people seem to be getting their info from the same places though, they all make the same mistakes (search for broadcast on amazon - details are about duophonic / warp broadcast but the listed albums aren't)

koogs, Thursday, 4 December 2008 09:37 (7 years ago) Permalink

One detail I like: when it gets to the end of what I've queued up, it just continues with the current album without me needing to ask it to. (I suppose I can see how someone might not like this, though.)

anatol_merklich, Thursday, 4 December 2008 19:48 (7 years ago) Permalink

Finally got round to sorting scrobbling for this (there's a windows messenger box ticked by default in the last.fm client that somehow stops Scrobblify from working). So far I'm really liking Spotify - handy for hearng stuff you randomly think on that you haven't got in your library or for legal trying before you buy. The adverts don't annoy me in the slightest.

slag move (onimo), Thursday, 4 December 2008 22:55 (7 years ago) Permalink

fails Boredoms test :(

slag move (onimo), Thursday, 4 December 2008 23:21 (7 years ago) Permalink

uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

anyone got a spotfiy INVITE?

jordan s (J0rdan S.), Thursday, 4 December 2008 23:28 (7 years ago) Permalink

If not, try the "oooh ask me please!" option on the website ("Get started" -> email in "Not invited?" field). Took about five days for me, was surprised to get it at all actually.

anatol_merklich, Thursday, 4 December 2008 23:31 (7 years ago) Permalink

jordan, webmail me an email address to send an invite to.

slag move (onimo), Thursday, 4 December 2008 23:50 (7 years ago) Permalink

didn't get asked for an invite here, just got straight in

stet, Thursday, 4 December 2008 23:59 (7 years ago) Permalink

This is amazing! You type in what you want to listen to, and then you are listening to it. all this needs is to work on an iphone, and then i'll buy an iphone, and then i will have achieved bliss.

Slumpman, Sunday, 7 December 2008 12:10 (7 years ago) Permalink

Mine appears to have made it through an album without giving me any adverts. Maybe they've bumped me up to a pro account without realising it.

Matt DC, Sunday, 14 December 2008 14:49 (7 years ago) Permalink

you can now scrobble to last.fm from within spotify (it's in 'preferences')

braveclub, Sunday, 21 December 2008 12:55 (7 years ago) Permalink

That's handy, saves me running that scrobblify thing at the same time.

Spotify lists 'The Prodigy' as 'Prodigy' and makes last.fm think this guy sings Smack My Bitch Up and Out of Space

dj onimotian (onimo), Sunday, 21 December 2008 13:39 (7 years ago) Permalink

4 weeks pass...

can someone please send me an invite?

thanks!!

kaiser, Tuesday, 20 January 2009 14:20 (7 years ago) Permalink

Er....

https://www.spotify.com/en/get-started/

Chewshabadoo, Tuesday, 20 January 2009 14:37 (7 years ago) Permalink

Think there's still a waiting list though.

<3 this service btw.

Beloved lightbulb (Neil S), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 14:50 (7 years ago) Permalink

Got in straight away with the link I posted.

Chewshabadoo, Tuesday, 20 January 2009 15:08 (7 years ago) Permalink

Aha they've obviously opened it up!

Beloved lightbulb (Neil S), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 15:23 (7 years ago) Permalink

Downside is loads more ads (I've heard two during the same album), but you can hear them coming after a while and tune out. Still great.

chord simple (j.o.n.a), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 15:51 (7 years ago) Permalink

thanks Chewshabadoo but I need an invitation code.

Please!

kaiser, Tuesday, 20 January 2009 19:55 (7 years ago) Permalink

If i hear gareth jones from cardiff reciting pi again i'll scream

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 19:56 (7 years ago) Permalink

(advert)

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 19:57 (7 years ago) Permalink

And I'm not buying that White Lies record either.

Beloved lightbulb (Neil S), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 20:15 (7 years ago) Permalink

At least it doesn't scrobble the adverts

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 20:19 (7 years ago) Permalink

jonathan from spotify sounds remarkably like Michael Vaughan

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 20:41 (7 years ago) Permalink

wtf 2 adverts in a row (the 2nd was for that White Lies album)

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 20:41 (7 years ago) Permalink

See what I mean about them? The Killers meet Editors big wowz!

Beloved lightbulb (Neil S), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 20:44 (7 years ago) Permalink

can i get a spotify invite

dugong.jpg (jabba hands), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 23:03 (7 years ago) Permalink

thanks Chewshabadoo but I need an invitation code.

Please!

โ€• kaiser, Tuesday, January 20, 2009 7:55 PM (3 hours ago) Bookmark

can i get a spotify invite

โ€• dugong.jpg (jabba hands), Tuesday, January 20, 2009 11:03 PM (19 minutes ago) Bookmark

Have any of you actually tried the link posted? Quite a few of my friends in the UK have used the link and joined today. Maybe it doesn't work in other countries...

\o.0/

Chewshabadoo, Tuesday, 20 January 2009 23:25 (7 years ago) Permalink

I'm in the US and that link asks for one of two things:

1)an invite code

or

2)your email address so they can notify you when it goes "public"

I wonder what their excuse is. Don't they want more people to hear their stupid ads?

I am a vampire, therefore I take garlic pills (Bimble), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 23:28 (7 years ago) Permalink

is it UK only?

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 23:28 (7 years ago) Permalink

mr bimble check your email

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 23:30 (7 years ago) Permalink

It's odd and a fucking pain how Spotify often doesn't specify that tracks are remixes in any way.

Glansel & Gretel (Raw Patrick), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 23:32 (7 years ago) Permalink

i'm in the US and unless something changed in the last few days, we can't use spotify and all the workarounds have been blocked

miss precious perfect (musically), Wednesday, 21 January 2009 00:22 (7 years ago) Permalink

2)your email address so they can notify you when it goes "public"

I selected this a couple of weeks ago, and got an invite from them within the same day. May not be the case now, of course.

anatol_merklich, Friday, 23 January 2009 06:25 (7 years ago) Permalink

https://www.spotify.com/en/get-started/ gets you straight in without an invite.

mike t-diva, Friday, 23 January 2009 07:08 (7 years ago) Permalink

I went in on that link above, no trouble at all. I'm in the UK tho - maybe there's a problem with the US, I dunno.

It's awesome, btw. Nearest thing to the "universal jukebox" I've seen for a long time.

NotEnough, Friday, 23 January 2009 08:50 (7 years ago) Permalink

I think it's staggering. At least 95% of my track/artist searches to date have returned results. And I like the concept of shared playlists.

mike t-diva, Friday, 23 January 2009 09:01 (7 years ago) Permalink

Spotify Premium is available in Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Spain and the UK. The Free version is only available in Sweden, Norway, Finland, the UK, France and Spain.

It amuses me to see the adverts briefly appear in last.fm (and permanently in your Spotify history).

chord simple (j.o.n.a), Friday, 23 January 2009 09:09 (7 years ago) Permalink

This is impressive. There's a lot more weird, small stuff on than I thought there would be, thopugh also mystifying gaps too.

Someone should set up a shared ILX playlist for Jan (then we can move to Feb etc to stop it getting unwieldy). I'll do it tonight if no-one else does.

Glansel & Gretel (Raw Patrick), Friday, 23 January 2009 09:13 (7 years ago) Permalink

Excellent idea. I was thinking of doing one for the Pazz & Jop Top 50 singles, and maybe the Rocktimists poll tracks as well. But it'll have to wait until tonight.

mike t-diva, Friday, 23 January 2009 09:31 (7 years ago) Permalink

Gaps spotted so far: no King Crimson, very little UK Funky, no Aeroplane mix of Grace Jones "Williams Blood" (although their mix of Friendly Fires "Paris" is on there). Remixes are generally well represented, though.

mike t-diva, Friday, 23 January 2009 09:36 (7 years ago) Permalink

Remixes are generally well represented, though.

But not always listed as remixes, I've found. And they don't scrobble as remixes (sorry, I'll take that to the last.fm thread)

chord simple (j.o.n.a), Friday, 23 January 2009 09:41 (7 years ago) Permalink

I also like the non-bloatiness: the software was running at around 14,000k on my home PC last night - so I could close iTunes for once, and benefit from the faster performance.

mike t-diva, Friday, 23 January 2009 09:45 (7 years ago) Permalink

I hope this thing a) goes global so the US can use it b) they make a mobile/iphone app c) ushers in a new era of music use.

I confidently predict big 4 will put a stop to it.

NotEnough, Friday, 23 January 2009 09:51 (7 years ago) Permalink

All the majors have signed up in europe, though. I suppose it's whether the US ones are far-sighted enough.

It's also notable that most of the big digital music holdout bands aren't represented- no Beatles, Metallica, AC/DC.

Beloved lightbulb (Neil S), Friday, 23 January 2009 09:59 (7 years ago) Permalink

Every Stones album is there though, yay!

Another thing I've noticed is that the service avoids any queueing problems, as you occasionally get on, say, last.fm.

Beloved lightbulb (Neil S), Friday, 23 January 2009 10:01 (7 years ago) Permalink

Last.fm is screwed unless they can come up with something as wide ranging as this.

Billy Dods, Friday, 23 January 2009 10:45 (7 years ago) Permalink

The DJ Khaled selection is spotty and Denim aren't on there either.

I do like the way that you get to see all the crummy compilation albums that bands appear on. If you pick someone like The Sweet it takes about 5 mins to scroll through them all.

Glansel & Gretel (Raw Patrick), Friday, 23 January 2009 10:49 (7 years ago) Permalink

How on earth are they going to make any money out of this model? I can only imagine that once they've got a critical mass of people using it, they're going to radically increase the amount of advertising.

Zelda Zonk, Friday, 23 January 2009 12:29 (7 years ago) Permalink

Can't remember where I read it, I think on one of the links I posted way upthread, but I distinctly recall that it does ignore plays in the discover weekly playlist, unless you save the tracks or add them to another playlist or whatever.

I've been using an IFTTT recipe to save all my DW tracks to a playlist so that I can see the history, so unfortunately I think that action does influence future DW lists :(

Dan I., Friday, 3 June 2016 18:15 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

The bell icon is still present in the web player fwiw

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 3 June 2016 19:19 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

i'm thinking not, since i really only listen to discover weekly at the moment, and it seems to have got stuck in a positive feedback loop of thinking i like the 25 garbage indie tracks i have to skip every week as much as the 5 songs i let play all the way through.

โ€• ๐” ๐”ž๐”ข๐”จ (caek), Friday, June 3, 2016 1:13 PM (2 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

this is the genesis of VVVVV

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Friday, 3 June 2016 19:31 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

just canned premium because i can't justify three music services. it was still giving me the burger menu when i killed it, idk maybe i'm a non-essential customer or something.

Autumn Almanac, Saturday, 4 June 2016 00:25 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

just noticed the (free, PC) spotify app doesn't have the alert icon showing you all the recent additions from followed artists. that sucks.

Yeah, that seems to have been yanked in the most recent update.

The bell icon is still present in the web player fwiw

What are we, savages?

โ’นโ“ก. (Johnny Fever), Saturday, 4 June 2016 00:27 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

Anybody else have the Slits on DW this week? They're definitely a band that would show up in my playlist, but I'm having a moment of paranoia that Spotify would give them an extra nudge because they're a name in the news in the last few days.

pleas to Nietzsche (WilliamC), Monday, 6 June 2016 16:55 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

There's no nudging in DW. I guess it's produced in a facility that also produces editorial products, but it uses different equipment, so it should be pretty safe for the nudge-allergic.

glenn mcdonald, Monday, 6 June 2016 18:03 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

But people read news, and then go listen to things on Spotify, so it's totally expected that events in the world can end up affecting recommendations that are based on collective listening patterns.

glenn mcdonald, Monday, 6 June 2016 18:05 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Spotify has been telling me it has lost the internet connection a lot lately. It's fine when I restart it but there has been a lot of restarting. I don't wanna live this way.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Monday, 6 June 2016 18:11 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

felt a brief nostalgic impulse to traverse some of my family's inexplicable understanding of 80s tastefulness and found that there are no Flim & the BB's recordings on spotify

goole, Tuesday, 7 June 2016 16:41 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Lol

The Servant of Two Jam Masters (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 7 June 2016 17:09 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

I had a roommate who was an early adapter to CDs and that was one of the first few he got. He always played it whenever we had a visitor to impress them with the sonics.

The Servant of Two Jam Masters (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 7 June 2016 17:11 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Early adopter

The Servant of Two Jam Masters (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 7 June 2016 17:43 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

Haven't gotten into my DW Playlists the previous few weeks but this one is top shelf.

Poe, I know all about Ulalume (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 22 June 2016 15:39 (3 days ago) Permalink

it's pornographic?

๐” ๐”ž๐”ข๐”จ (caek), Wednesday, 22 June 2016 21:02 (3 days ago) Permalink

There are so many missed opportunities that I just can't imagine would be that difficult to provide. For example, the ability to search for playlists that contain a certain song would be huge. You can approximate this by Googling: site:spotify.com inurl:"playlist" "[artist name]" "[song name]"
...but why isn't that available in app?

Dan I., Thursday, 23 June 2016 15:31 (2 days ago) Permalink

It's one of those things that you just sort of assume would be available by default whenever you do a search, until you find that it's not.

Dan I., Thursday, 23 June 2016 15:31 (2 days ago) Permalink

All playlist-searching things are complicated by the fact that there are billions of playlists on Spotify. Improvements will come, but when you can't imagine why the one you're wanting would be difficult, sometimes that's the thing you aren't imagining...

glenn mcdonald, Thursday, 23 June 2016 17:13 (2 days ago) Permalink

Ah, I see, thanks. That makes sense.

Dan I., Thursday, 23 June 2016 17:30 (2 days ago) Permalink

I definitely didn't antagonize any Spotify co-workers by impatiently demanding obvious-seeming features before fully comprehending this myself. No way.

glenn mcdonald, Thursday, 23 June 2016 17:39 (2 days ago) Permalink

My laptop is glitching which means I can't put anything new on my iPod which in turn means that I finally got over myself and tried Spotify for the first time ever yesterday and was jamming out to a pretty cool space jazz playlist and discovering some cool new things and then the app kept telling me that I wasn't connected to the internet except for the thing where I was totally connected to the internet and it hasn't worked since. Oh well. It was fun for about nine minutes.

There must be some magic clue inside these gentle walls (Old Lunch), Thursday, 23 June 2016 17:56 (2 days ago) Permalink

I definitely didn't antagonize any Spotify co-workers by impatiently demanding obvious-seeming features before fully comprehending this myself. No way.

Lol

Poe, I know all about Ulalume (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 23 June 2016 18:01 (2 days ago) Permalink

plz keep antagonizing them until they get local files figured out

Mordy, Thursday, 23 June 2016 18:09 (2 days ago) Permalink

If I worked a Spotify I would add stars emoji to every email I sent.

Jeff, Thursday, 23 June 2016 18:10 (2 days ago) Permalink

lol

(โ€ขฬชโ—) (carne asada), Thursday, 23 June 2016 18:36 (2 days ago) Permalink


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